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Old 02-24-2021, 11:12 AM
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Default Russel Crosby- Multi-Scale Build

I have been down the baritone rabbit hole for a few years now, having bought and sold quite a few in that time. A couple were pretty darn close to what I was looking for, like the Kingslight baritone I sold a few months ago. However, there were things about each I trued that persuaded me that I should keep looking. You know how that goes. Perhaps that is the prime symptom of G.A.S. Then I just missed out on a Lowden that I thought would be right up my alley. So, I finally decided to commission a build. I considered a few different luthiers but so many were beyond my financial wherewithal. Then I got to know Russel Crosby from the woods of Nova Scotia. We began planning back in October. The idea was to build a multi-scale version of his FS model with a spruce top and Walnut back and sides. I kept thinking this will probably be my only shot at a custom baritone, so I decide to go all-in and found some really nice and reasonably priced Koa. Other specs include a cutaway, beveled armrest and a Manzer wedge. The neck is Walnut and the top is AAA Lutz. Russel is such a consummate artist and luthier and I think the results thus far bear that out.







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Old 02-24-2021, 11:23 AM
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That is a beautiful set for the back!!!!
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That will be a very nice guitar. What will the scale length be?
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That is a beautiful set for the back!!!!
Agreed. I bought that from Steve at Hawian Hardwoods Direct. He has quite a bit of older growth Koa. Great guy to deal with. I bought another set for a guitar that Brook Guitars is building for me. In fact, I borrowed some ideas from your latest Taran build... But that is for another thread
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That will be a very nice guitar. What will the scale length be?
27-28 inches
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Exceptional set of Koa! Thanks for sharing.
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What a fine looking guitar, more pics soon please!
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She is out of the finish shop waiting for strings

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Smile Beautiful axe

Lovely Koa, and the entire axe is PRETTY!

You will love the bevel and Wedge. I am so glad they can be had!

Have FUN with this big bad boy.

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I thought I heard some "whoops" from a couple hours away
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Lovely Koa, and the entire axe is PRETTY!

You will love the bevel and Wedge. I am so glad they can be had!

Have FUN with this big bad boy.

Paul
Yes, once you've had a beveled armrest, it is kind of hard to go with on out on larger guitars. However, this will be my first Manzer wedge.


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I thought I heard some "whoops" from a couple hours away
And yes, you heard right Todd, although it was muffled a bit by all this “freakin’” SNOW!!!
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Lookin' schweeet!
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Looks like she's finished and ready to ship:

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Looks great, and that bevel is something else. Did he use veneers to get that effect?
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Looks great, and that bevel is something else. Did he use veneers to get that effect?
I am pretty sure he used pieces from the top, back and neck wood, that was the plan anyway. I will ask him next time I talk to him.
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